The Rev. Stephen T. Ayres29 Cross Street, Boston, MA 02129
Vicar, Christ (Old North) Church617-242-2284 h 617-523-6676 w
To help communities navigate through the future to God. I value collegiality, compassion, and clarity. A diocesan or parochial community that values its history, hopes for a better future, and is open to new ways of incarnating God's love, would benefit from my leadership.
2004 – present Dean, Boston Harbor Deanery, 1995-6 Dean, Mystic Valley Deanery, 1994-5 Chair, ad hoc committee on Deaneries - I serve as an extension of the bishop’s office, providing pastoral care and guidance to thirty clergy in Boston parishes.
2006 – present Standing Committee member, Diocese of Massachusetts, President 2010-11
2004 – present Volunteer chaplain, diocesan summer youth camp.
1996 – present Diocesan clergy career counselor – I mentor clergy during job searches,
providing both vocational discernment coaching and technical advice about
“CDO” profiles, resumes and interviewing.
1994 – presentTrustees of Donations, Chair, Social Responsibility in Investments Committee
1992 - 1996 Diocesan Council Member – I provided leadership to the diocese during a challenging transition between bishops. I helped unite clergy and lay leaders to reform the diocesan assessment canons, mandate affirmative action for clergy, and mandate a focused diocesan mission strategy.
1986 - 1992Episcopal City Mission, Board – founding treasurer of the Pelham Fund, a low interest community investment vehicle.
1997 – presentVicar, Christ (Old North) Church, Boston, MA - a neighborhood congregation and national landmark visited by over 500,000 tourists per year.
- Strengthened the congregation’s sense of Old North as a spiritual home through preaching, bible study, and expanded outreach.
- Increased young adult ministry.
- Reorganized church administration empowering an interfaith Old North Foundation to manage historic site operations. Increased combined church and foundation budgets from $900,000 to $1,500,000 per year. Tripled pledge income.
- Successfully led effort to change federal policy to allow active religious institutions to receive government grants for historic preservation.
- Raised more than $2,000,000 for historic preservation.
1991 – 1997Rector, Emmanuel Church, Wakefield, MA – a suburban parish with a large day care center.
- Revived congregation after involuntary terminations of their rector and interim.
- Increased attendance by 33%, stewardship by 50%.
- Strengthened pastoral care and adult education.
The Rev. Stephen T. Ayres
1985-1991 Interim Ministry Specialist, Diocese of Massachusetts
- Served as an “after pastor” in three long-term and two short-term assignments, following the involuntary departures of the previous rectors.
- Helped congregations move from part-time to full time ministry.
- Helped a congregation decide to close.
1985-1997Community Development Consultant, Boston, Massachusetts
- Helped congregations and social service agencies develop and fund responses to neighborhood social justice issues.
- Developed 11 apartments for the mentally ill with Grace Episcopal Church in Lawrence, MA.
- Launched a community development corporation through St. Stephen’s Church, Lynn, MA.
- Organized “Adopt-a-room” program to furnish dozens of units of housing for the homeless through Boston based interfaith agency.
- Led graduate student field studies on two Native American reservations through the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
1982-1985Associate rector, St, James, Oneonta, NY and Episcopal Chaplain to SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College
- Led high school and college ministries.
- Taught comparative religion at local colleges.
1980-1981Associate rector, Christ Church, Springfield, Missouri
- Led youth ministry and church school.
- Taught comparative religion at Southwest Missouri State University.
1997 – presentBenjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Treasurer – BFIT, established through a bequest from Benjamin Franklin, provides college level technical training to low income students.
2004Delivered opening prayer at the Democratic National Convention in Boston
2003 – presentSchepens Eye Research Institute, Institutional Review Board.
2001 – 2003Trust for City Hall Plaza Advisory Board
1997 – 2002 Freedom Trail Foundation Board
1998 Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, MA in Urban Policy
1980 Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, M.Div.
1976 Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, BA in Religion